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Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Artistic Lip Ink & Brush Set

Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set
Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set

Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Set ($40.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) includes an Artistic Lip Ink and a lip brush to apply it with, which are housed in a decorative, metal tin. The brush had a good length for dipping in the container, but it was a bit long and had a thinner edge than seemed ideal as I applied it, but I was able to get sharp, relatively clean edges without a lot of effort with it.

Red Ink is a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. The formula was watery and thin in the container, and it took about 15 minutes to dry down on lips, but even after a half hour, it had not dried down on my arm (which is why the swatch has more sheen). Initially, it looked rather streaky, but it seemed to even out as it dried. After it dried down, the product didn’t feel clingy or dry, but it was still thin and lightly tacky for another 15-20 minutes. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding over the seven hours it lasted. The formula felt drying to me after four hours of wear.

MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is glossier (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Make Up For Ever Artistic Lip Ink Red Ink
Red Ink
Red Ink
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set

Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set
Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set

Besame Holiday 2016 Mini Lipstick Set ($25.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes five miniature sized lipsticks, which are all available individually (should you only like one or two, or perhaps, minis aren’t your cup of tea). The Classic Color Lipstick formula is described as a “budge-proof finish that stays put” with “smooth” color and a “satin meets matte” finish. It’s a nice set of medium and deeper shades with two reds, one burgundy, one rose, and one copper/brown. The tubes are really small, and of the minis this year, the size did feel awkward to use, though I did not have issues with breakage.

Value

  • Classic Color Lipstick: $22.00 for 0.12 oz. or $183.33/oz.
  • Total Value: $32.08

Noir Red 1930 is a blackened red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not quite full coverage, that went on fairly evenly. Of the five, this had slight patchiness towards the center of the mouth and noticeable color that had settled in my lip lines. The color wore for six hours, left a stain behind, and was lightly hydrating. Colour Pop Tutu (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Double Fudge (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C407 (P, $22.00) is warmer, glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $16.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dionysus (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cherry Red 1935 is a medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy, light-medium in weight, and felt comfortable over the six hours it lasted. NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Diorling (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (P, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Red Velvet 1946 is a medium red with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was easy to apply, as the texture was lightly creamy without being too slippery or too stiff in the tube. The color wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. I found the formula slightly hydrating overall. Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Red Ego (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (LE, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Drop Dead Red (320) (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Shiseido First Bite (RD307) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Doubt (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Zealot (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Cockney (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose 1969 is a muted, medium-dark rose with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy finish. It was richly pigmented with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that glided on without tugging on the lips. It was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted, and the formula was moderately hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Soft Sell (P, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Offshoot (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Del Rio (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Nude Rose (No. 405) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Love (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Ciate Pin Up (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Laura Mercier Sophia (LE, $26.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Kiss 1970 is a medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. This was the most pigmented–full coverage–shade in the set. The texture was a touch less creamy, but it didn’t drag on the lips at all, and it wore for just as long as the reds at six hours. The only thing I noticed was that the texture was thicker compared to the other shades, so it felt and looked heavier on. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Royally Riotous (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Tabla (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Taurus (P, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Speed Dial (LE, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (DC, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Besame Mini Lipstick Set Holiday 2016
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Opal/Jam Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an iridescent, translucent white paired with a deep plum-berry. I didn’t expect to review this as I have swatches for the individual shades, but I happened to receive as a press sample, so I figured might as well! 🙂 It’s a nice duo and fairly consistent with the other three.

Each of the Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duos includes one shimmery shade and one cream shade. The cream shade is part of the permanent range of Amuse Bouche lipsticks. Per the brand’s description, the shimmery shade is supposed to be a “foiled top coat,” though you can wear either shade on its own. I love that Bite has really affordable options during the holidays; I think these are a great way to try the brand’s Amuse Bouche formula, but they’re fitting with the holiday season in a fun, practical way. I had no issues with stability of the smaller-sized lipsticks when applying directly from the tube either, which can be an issue with minis.

Value

  • Amuse Bouche Lipstick: $26.00 for 0.15 oz. or $173.33/oz.
  • Total Value: $17.33

Opal is an iridescent, translucent white with shimmer that shifts between bluish violet and icy blue. It had a strong sheen without obvious sparkle or shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly. The consistency was smooth, thin without being dry or stiff in the tube. It lasted for three and a half hours on its own, but it didn’t seem to shorten the wear when layered over another longer-wearing lip product. Bite Beauty Opal (LE, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Pervette (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cultive (P, $36.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Asphyxia (LE, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jam is a muted, medium-dark berry plum with subtle, cool undertones and very, very fine shimmer. I felt like this was slightly cooler and more pigmented than the individual one I reviewed previously, and it seemed to have a touch less slip, which might have accounted for its better coverage and overall application. It wore well for over six hours, left a stain behind, and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (2016) (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Marsala (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Black Cherry (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Cordovan (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sugared Maple (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mulberry (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Venom (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC What Joy (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel L'Impatiente (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Berry Naughty (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bruise (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Mosh Pit (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo Opal/Jam
Opal/Jam
Opal/Jam
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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B+

Opal

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Jam

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Patentpolish Kit ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains four miniature-sized Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which are supposed to have the color and “sheen of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil.” The formula is also supposed to be hydrating. The texture of the formula is smooth, lightly creamy, and emollient, so it feels thinner and more balm-like on the lips, which makes for a hydrating formula overall, but it tends to have short wear time. Of all MAC’s lip kits, this one seems to be short on value, too.

Value

  • Patentpolish Lip Pencil: $21.00 for 0.08 oz. or $262.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $31.50

Pleasure’s All Mine is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage (up to medium coverage) with a smooth, balm-like texture that was comfortable to wear, though it only lasted for two and a half hours. The color pulled into my lip lines, but the coverage was even. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Morning After (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Weirdo (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Olga (422) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Intime (93) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Without Your Love (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Baby (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Native (DC, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Dream Daze (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Austin (P, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Revved Up is a soft, light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and very fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly with only some visible color gathering in lip lines. The texture was smooth and comfortable to wear, while the color itself lasted for two hours on me. bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (95% similar). Chanel Interlude (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Stately Shimmer (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s Really Me is a soft, light-medium peach with warm undertones and a creamy sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, but the more emollient consistency caused the product to settle into my lip lines. This shade lasted for two hours and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Fresh Brew (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Kiddo (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Latte (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Candy (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (80% similar). Revlon Ingenue (145) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

French Kiss is a muted, medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a balmy, emollient consistency that glided across the lips with ease and left behind a moderate shine. This shade seemed to settle least into my lip lines, so it was more wearable on its own. The color wore for two hours, though, so it will need regular reapplication. bareMinerals Honeybun (P, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is lighter, more pigmented, glossier (90% similar). Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, glossier (85% similar). MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is more pigmented, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Patentpolish Kit Nude
Nude
Nude
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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C+
C+

It's Really Me

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French Kiss

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Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Lipstick

Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick
Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick

Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a deep fuchsia-red with warmer undertones and a matte finish. Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to apply like a gloss but dry to “an ultra-matte, opaque finish” that is “never dry, shriveled, or cracked” that should “last for hours.” In my experience, the formula is hit or miss–some shades apply well and look decent after dry down while others flaked or “cracked” as soon as I moved my lips. This one was more forgiving with mostly opaque color coverage that dried down fairly evenly. The texture was matte after a few minutes, but it didn’t fully dry down for about a half hour–if I pressed my lips together, there was a slight tackiness but no color lifted off, thankfully. It was moderately drying after six hours of wear, though the color lasted closer to eight hours overall.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick Candy Cane
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Gloss Kit ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) contains three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass in variations on “red.” Cremesheen Glass is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, and sheerer. Dazzleglass is supposed to have medium coverage with a hydrating, non-tacky formula filled with lots of shimmer/sparkle. In general, Cremesheen Glass tends to have a creamier, milkier quality to it, which makes it comfortable and hydrating to wear, but it often looks streaky, settles into lip lines, and is shorter wearing. Dazzleglass is moderately tacky, thicker, and wears longer and has tons of sparkle, but it is more semi-sheer in coverage. What I’ve always found funny about the holiday gloss sets is that they’re called “minis,” but they’re larger than full-size.

Value

  • Cremesheen Glass: $21.00 for 0.09 fl. oz. or $233.33/oz.
  • Dazzleglass: $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. or $333.33/oz.
  • Set Value: $70.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, $33.33 worth of Dazzleglass
  • Total Value: $103.33

Galaxy Rose is a muted, medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on fairly evenly, but some of the color emphasized in lip lines as it gathered there. The color wore for three and a half hours and was moisturizing. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Kiss, Kiss (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gumdrop is a bright pinky-red with fine pink and ruby red pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, while it lasted for four hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Hot/Cold (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) (P, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Fuchsia Fiesta (22) (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00)(85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Harpers (766) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Courting Chic is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and copper and gold flecks of shimmer. It had medium coverage, but it applied unevenly and had a tendency to darken every lip line I had (and then some!). This would be prettier over a more opaque lipstick, particularly pinks and reds. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Dzhari (608) (LE, $30.00)(95% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #200 Night Berry (P, $38.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). Chanel Daydream (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Gash (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Plum Fun (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Chene Rouge (212) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Phiff is a translucent beige with silver and gold sparkle. It was really sheer but had “semi-sheer” coverage in the way of sparkle, but it was one of the least sparkly Dazzleglasses launched. I think this would have made more sense if it was actually more red-toned or had more red-hued sparkle. The consistency was thicker, tacky, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Something Shiny (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rollergirl (LE, $20.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lip Gloss Kit Red
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Red
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
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